SDSU Extension holds workshops on healthy ways to handle stress for farmers


COLTON, S.D. (KELO)– Farmers and ranchers across KELOLAND are watching the forecast closely. 
The weather could have a direct impact on their bottom line and their wellbeing. 

It’s been a harsh winter across the Midwest.  For farmers, the after-effects could be felt for a long time. 

“Well it’s pushing back some planting dates possibly. I’ve got some ground I probably won’t get planted at all this year. Just, the water table’s going to be too high halfway through the summer probably,” Jeff Thompson with the South Dakota Soybean Association said.

SDSU Extension wants to help. Next week, they’re holding workshops.

“One workshop is designed for the farmers and the other is designed for the health care providers and the people that work in those fields,” Thompson said.

Thompson says it’s important to have resources for everyone affected.

“It might not just be you, the farmer, it might be your family members, you know, keep those communication channels open to your lenders, and you know, seed dealers and all the things like that,” Thompson said.

And even though someone may seem fine, make sure to check in on your neighbors.

“Maybe they’re doing good, but stop in and talk to them. Give ’em a hand if they need it,” Thompson said.


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